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SBD Global/July 21, 2014/People and Pop Culture
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Published July 21, 2014
REAL SIGNS RODRÍGUEZ: Colombian JAMES RODRÍGUEZ "is expected to be introduced by Real Madrid on Tuesday or Wednesday" following an agreement reached between Ligue 1 Monaco and Real. The "negotiations between the clubs have been non-stop for the past week and will end" with Real paying around €80M ($108M). Now, the "only things left to resolve are very small loose ends" (AS, 7/21).
DIACK HONORED: IAAF President LAMINE DIACK will be one of two recipients of the 2014 Association of National Olympic Committees Merit Awards. The other recipient will be IOC President THOMAS BACH (IAAF). ... Premiership rugby side London Irish has appointed former Ireland assistant coach MARK TAINTON as its new "skills and kicking coach." The "former Bristol fly-half previously worked with England, before coaching Ireland for 10 years" (BBC, 7/18). ... Serie A side Inter Milan President ERICK THOHIR has appointed sports and entertainment exec MICHAEL BOLINGBROKE as the new CEO of the club. The 48-year-old will join Inter in August after having completed his stint as COO for ManU. Bollingbroke's focus will include implementing best practices in the industry and increasing the reach and depth of the Inter brand (Inter Milan). ... World Cup-winning captain PHILIPP LAHM has retired from int'l football. Lahm, "who is still only 30, led Germany to their fourth World Cup win" (London INDEPENDENT, 7/18). ... Suspended Bangladesh cricket player SHAKIB AL HASAN apologized on Sunday and appealed to the Bangladesh Cricket Board "to reduce the six-month ban slapped on him earlier this month for misbehaviour." Bangladesh's "most prominent cricketer was punished for what the BCB called a 'severe attitude problem.'" Shakib said, "I admitted that my behavior was not mature. I apologize for this. In future it will not happen again" (REUTERS, 7/20).
FUNDING CUTS: Australian runner ALEX ROWE "has been punished by his sport by having his funding cut by a third for competing in the event in which he equalled a long-standing national record." Olympic and world champion SALLY PEARSON "is understood to be likely to face a similar fate because she agreed to compete in the anniversary games in London before arriving at the Commonwealth Games athletics camp in Newcastle, England." Athletes competing in Glasgow at the Commonwealth Games "were required to attend the Athletics Australia camp in Newcastle by a certain date." Rowe and Pearson "will be late because of participating in other competitions" (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 7/20).